Roads to Appalachia through England and Wales
June 19-30, 2008

An important part of the folklore-folklife academic offerings has been a series of study abroad programs to the homelands of emigrants to Appalachia, such as travels to Scotland , Ireland , and Italy . This June 2008 study will focus on the influences into North Central Appalachia from parts of England and Wales . Beginning and ending in London , the great city which controlled the flow of the colonists to so many areas of the world, the study will continue through the English south and west country from which many sailed, particularly the shipping center of Bristol . The oral traditions of King Arthur and the literary storytelling of William Shakespeare and Dylan Thomas will also be traced in both England and Wales . A major emphasis of the study will explore the rich cultural heritage of the Welsh, ranging from the old world coal industry, which developed many of the mining techniques used in our Appalachian mines, to the villages and countryside from which flowed the people that established communities bearing such Welsh names as Davis, Morgantown, and Shrewberry, West Virginia.

Contact Info

The Frank and Jane Gabor
West Virginia Folklife Center

on the campus of Fairmont State University
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554
(304) 367-4403

Pat Musick
Pat Musick
, Interim Director
Frank & Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center
(304) 367-3606


FSUNow Stories

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fairmont State University’s roots reach back to the formation of public education in the state of West Virginia. In 2015, students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community are celebrating Fairmont State’s 150th birthday with special remembrances and events.

As part of the Sesquicentennial Celebration, author Dr. M. Raymond Alvarez will present a talk about his recent book “The Normal on Fairmont Avenue.” The event will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the main campus.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Fairmont State University College of Liberal Arts honored its high achieving students during the fifth annual Academic Awards Ceremony at the end of the spring 2015 semester.

Dr. Deanna Shields, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Maria Rose, FSU President; and Bill Holmes of the Fairmont State Foundation Inc. presented greetings and congratulations to the students for their academic achievements.

Department of Behavioral Sciences

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

In celebration of Fairmont State University’s Sesquicentennial, the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center has created an exhibit titled “On a Hill by a Dream,” which features FSU history, traditions and lore.

The title for the exhibition was taken from a poem by Louise McNeill, West Virginia’s former Poet Laureate who taught history at Fairmont State. The following quote is from her “Chestnut Orchard” (“Paradox Hill: From Appalachia to Lunar Shore”):

“Back through the years beyond time and space,
On a hill—by a dream—we will find that place.”

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